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Do Tendons Ever Fully Heal?

Article by Zoe Russell Do Tendons Ever Fully Heal? Tendon injury is painful and debilitating, and the injury can exist along a spectrum of pain and dysfunction in a normal tendon, to pain and dysfunction in the presence of structural tendon change (known as partial thickness tears), and even complete tear (known as rupture) of the tendon. One question Physiotherapists often get asked is “do tendons ever fully heal?”  Put simply:- Having a ‘healed tendon’ means that you can use the tendon...

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Will Your Shoulder Blade Hurt With A Torn Rotator Cuff?

Article by Alex Clarke Will Your Shoulder Blade Hurt With A Torn Rotator Cuff? The most common shoulder presentation we see in the clinic is related to impingement at the shoulder and overuse of the rotator cuff tendons. Injury or irritation of these structures tend to show up with pain at the tip of the shoulder into the outside and front of the upper arm. One of the key things we look for in an assessment of your shoulder injury is how...

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What Is RTS Testing? & Why Do I Need It?

Article by Zoe Russell What Is RTS Testing? & Why Do I Need It? Return to Sport (RTS)  is an essential component of injury. Research is overwhelmingly proving that we cannot rely on biological healing times to make decisions regarding when to return to sport following injury. A common example is considering return to sport after having a knee reconstruction surgery, where Grindem (2018) has demonstrated that a successful and injury free return to sport was greater in those...

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Is There Such Thing As A “Simple” Ankle Sprain?

Article by Zoe Russell There Is No Such Thing As A “Simple” Ankle Sprain! Did you know that the most common musculoskeletal injury is the Ankle Sprain! Despite being commonly thought to be an injury to only the young and athletic, the “simple” ankle sprain also affects the general population at similar rates! (Gribble et al, 2016). It is often thought that ankle sprains are an innocuous injury that will heal expediently and with minimal treatment (Gribble et al., 2016; Hertel...

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Do I Need Surgery On My Meniscal Injury?

Article by Zoe Russell Do I Need Surgery On My Meniscal Injury? The menisci are 2 C shaped cartilages that sit within your knee joint to dissipate joint forces to the Knee. Meniscal injuries can occur due to 2 reasons: A sudden, memorable injury, usually of a twisting mechanism, known as an Acute injury Insidious onset that gradually progresses over time, otherwise known as Degenerative injury. There is a lot of recent media discussing the need for surgery for meniscal injuries,...

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Why Does It Hurt My Knee When I Go Up And Down Stairs?

Article by Zoe Russell Why Does It Hurt My Knee When I Go Up And Down Stairs? One of the most common conditions of the knee that physiotherapists see is people who report that their knee hurts when they go up and down stairs! This everyday activity is responsible for many people experiencing knee symptoms. The most common cause of knee pain when going up and down stairs is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFS or PFPS). PFS is a condition characterized by...

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What Can I Do To Relieve Knee Pain?

Article by Jamie Van Beek What Can I Do To Relieve Knee Pain? If your knee pain is new and has occurred suddenly, it's best to get it assessed by a Physiotherapist. Since any number of structures could be damaged, which may require different management. Some injuries demand complete immobilisation, whilst others benefit from exercise. Finding out what’s gone wrong in the knee will be vital in optimising your recovery.  For longer-term injuries that have built up slowly, it’s helpful to consider...

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Is Walking Good For Knee Pain?

  Article by N.Stewart, J. Ferguson Is Walking Good For Knee Pain? Is walking good for knee pain? That is an interesting question, and unfortunately, there is no black and white answer as it depends on the type of knee pain and what is causing the knee pain.  Let's break knee pain down into two categories to discuss this in more detail. Knee pain can occur broadly in two categories: Category 1: Structural knee pain is caused by damage to one or more of the...

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Rest Isn’t Best When It Comes To Tendons!

Article by James Dobrowolski Rest Isn't Best When It Comes To Tendons! (Image courtesy of Running-Physio.com) Why don’t tendons get better by stopping activity? Keeping your tendon healthy relies upon a balance between load vs capacity. You can influence this balance either way. Overloading or a sudden/unaccustomed change in activity may irritate the tendon, whereas a lack of loading will diminish the strength and capacity of the tendon. Tendons are resistant to change. Tendinopathies occur when there is a change in load. For example,...

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Why Does My Knee Hurt On The Inner Side?

Article by Matthew Batch Why Does My Knee Hurt On The Inner Side? There are many possible causes of pain on the inner side of the knee. Whilst these are often associated with structures in and around the knee, other areas such as the hip and back can refer pain to this area. Medical conditions that are not musculoskeletal in nature can also produce similar symptoms, which is why it is essential that you receive a professional assessment of your condition! Some...

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